I bought crankshaft bearings from Section8superbike and was happy with the cost. Sometimes, for critical parts like engine bearings, it doesn't pay to be cheap.
The MSRP for the bearings according to my local dealer was more than the MSRP than I was quoted from Section8, and they have a 10% off Ducati parts deal, so I saved some dough. Section8 has been very good to me, and I've spent almost a couple grand there lately. Top notch service, to say the least.
i bought KBC wheel bearings from a bearing distributor in town and paid like $5.35 each (ducati price $32). im sure you could find the bearings you need from a local distributor in town. it's not just the money or the time you save but you could get the same or better bearings locally. so why not?
don't think ducati uses the best bearings money can buy because they don't. i would think being in the EU that they, ducati are somehow obligated to buy their parts from other EU countries. KBC is one of the worlds largest bearing manufacturer and can be found everywhere. simply bring the bearing to your local distributor in town, tell them what your going to use the bearing for and have them match a new one up for you.
SKF is one of if not the best bearing manufacturer. At my industrial fascility that is almost all we use. Coming from someone who used to do vibration analysis on bearings, you get what you pay for. Its all about tolerances.
Don't be surprised when the bearing supplier blows your mind. I almost always source my bearings from the local bearings and drives outfit. Sometimes the prices are alot cheaper and sometimes they can't get certain japanese sizes, but I was quoted over $300 for just the crank bearings. Sec 8 came thru with a cost of approx $160 for the pair. You definitely don't want to put just any bearing in there that matches the dimensions as they are preloaded and are thrust bearings because of this.Plus Jason is very good to deal with.
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